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Feb 25, 2017 5:00 AM

Ohio Holstein Association convention activities

The 97th Convention and Annual Meeting of the Ohio Holstein Association will be March 10-11, 2017, and will be hosted by the District 7 Holstein Club. Activities will begin with the Ohio Holstein Convention Sale on Friday, March 10, at 11 a.m.

Feb 25, 2017 5:00 AM

Dairy conferences provide learning opportunities

There are two dairy conferences scheduled in early March that will provide area dairy producers with the opportunity to learn skills and hear information that can help them with the production management and financial management tasks of operating a dairy farm.

By Rory Lewandowski Osu Extension, Wayne County
Feb 18, 2017 5:00 AM

Grain marketing meeting set at WCSCC

Grain marketing has become increasingly important in these times of tight profit margins and market volatility. How do you develop a grain marketing strategy? What do you need to know to market grain effectively? What kinds of marketing options are available and how do they work?

By Rory Lewandowski Columnist
Feb 18, 2017 5:00 AM

State of emergency -- my computer is not working

I need a fix! Whoa, wait a minute! Don't go down that wrong road, what I need is a computer fix -- my computer is NOT WORKING! Hard to imagine -- just a few short years ago I didn't have a computer and didn't want one. Circumstances dictated that I had to get one and learn how to use it.

By Barb Lumley Columnist
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Feb 11, 2017 5:00 AM

OSU Extension offers dairy webinar series

The OSU Extension Dairy Working group is offering a series of daytime dairy webinars from 1-3 p.m. on Feb. 13, March 13 and March 27. The series will investigate how to "Optimize Production through Facility Management.

By Rory Lewandowski Columnist
Feb 4, 2017 6:34 AM

Martin Michel: The furniture markets are changing

In Ohio, foresters evaluate hardwood trees based on their potential for further growth, but also on their potential value for furniture. During a trip to Holmes County furniture retailers, I observed some changes in the species of wood appearing in furniture showrooms.

By Martin Michel
Feb 4, 2017 5:00 AM

Remember the things your father teaches you

Cleaning house is never one of my favorite things to do, however, I have found that one of the best ways to get some cleaning done is to just look for an object you want but can't find.

By Barb Lumley Columnist
Feb 4, 2017 5:00 AM

Tax and employment law I-9 form updates for 2017

Peggy Kirk Hall, OSU Extension ag law specialist with the Agricultural & Resource Law program, provides the following update regarding the new I-9 form: Beginning Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use a new version of Form I-9 for employment eligibility verification of new hires. The U.S.

By Rory Lewandowski Osu Extension Wayne County
Jan 28, 2017 5:00 AM

What makes a house beautiful

There is a magazine that I receive called House Beautiful. It is an interesting magazine. The inside cover of my latest issue featured a picture of a huge white pig. It was an advertisement for kitchen appliances!

By Barb Lumleycolumnist
Jan 28, 2017 5:00 AM

Tips for conductingfamily business meeting

Last week I wrote about the importance of family communication and holding regular family business meetings. Successful family business meetings don't just happen; they take some planning and organization. Every meeting should have an agenda that defines the purpose of the meeting.

By Rory Lewandowskiosu Extension, Wayne County
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Jan 21, 2017 5:00 AM

The drink of choice when eating out

One of my pleasures in life is occasionally going to a favorite restaurant to eat. I don't have to cook or wash dishes and I am not eating the same thing for three days. (I have trouble cooking small amounts)!

By Barb Lumley Columnist
Jan 21, 2017 5:00 AM

Family farm business meetings important

It is hard work to pass on a family business. Statistics indicate that 65 percent of all family businesses fail after two generations and 90 percent fail after three generations.

By Rory Lewandowski Osu Extension, Wayne County
Jan 14, 2017 5:00 AM

Mid-January and springing forward

The holidays are in the past, Christmas lights are down, decorations are packed away, the fudge, cookies, scramble and puppy chow have all been either given away or consumed.

By Barb Lumley
Jan 14, 2017 5:00 AM

Ohio Forages, Grasslands Conference is Feb. 3

The Ohio Forages and Grasslands Council Annual Conference will be held February 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture in Reynoldsburg. The program theme is "High Quality Forages." The keynote speaker will be Dr.

Jan 14, 2017 5:00 AM

Ag Outlook, Policy meeting planned

It looks like dark clouds over the farm economy, but could there be some breaks in those clouds or a silver lining somewhere? Volatility is a word often used in describing markets and in market projections. What does that mean for 2017?

By Rory Lewandowski Osu Extension Wayne County
Jan 7, 2017 5:00 AM

Ohio Holstein begins a busy new year

The Ohio Holstein Association officers, executive committee, and board of directors met December 6, 2016 at the office in Wooster to review the 2016 activities and make plans for 2017. The meeting was called to order by President Randall Kiko.

By Barb Lumley Columnist
Herman and Noble receive American FFA Degrees.
Jan 7, 2017 5:00 AM

Herman and Noble receive American FFA Degrees.

WOOSTER -- The Triway FFA had another educational and fun trip to the National FFA Convention this year. During their travels, the stopped at an aquaponics farm, Fresh Harvest Farm. Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture, raising fish and hydroponics, the soil-less growing of plants.

Jan 7, 2017 5:00 AM

Wayne dairy farm manure storage survey

The Wayne County Extension office in partnership with the Wayne County Farm Bureau, Wayne County SWCD and NRCS, the Wayne County Ag Success Team and the Wayne-Ashland Dairy Service Unit, will be conducting a survey of Wayne County dairy farms to determine the current manure storage capacity on farms.

By Rory Lewandowski Osu Extension Wayne County
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Dec 31, 2016 5:00 AM

After 18 years, it's time to pack up the office

It is Thursday morning (Dec. 15) and bitter cold outside. I have just come in from a necessary 15 minutes outside in the wind and cold and am sitting here by my computer thinking about the farming families I have had the pleasure of serving for nearly 18 years.

By John Fitzpatrick Farm Bureau
Dec 31, 2016 5:00 AM

Private pesticide applicator license recertification

I have had some questions about private pesticide license recertification meetings. OSU Extension Wayne and Holmes Counties will again be collaborating to provide private applicator pesticide recertification and fertilizer certification in 2017.

By Rory Lewandowski Osu Extension Wayne County